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Jolie
Hunter Valley, Australia
mama, wife, crafter, explorer of all. You can reach me at tropicalsoupATgmailDOTcom
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So, I write that last post. And then the Universe read it. And laughed and laughed and laughed. Whilst I recover from the whiplash that life seems to be giving me at the moment, here - have some cake. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at TropicalSoup
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Good grief! It’s been nearly a year since I last posted here. Seriously. Life has been insane…shall we just say I was abducted by aliens and repeatedly probed and leave it at that? (actually, being abducted would involve a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at TropicalSoup
I confess to coveting those images of felt acorns that are all over Pinterest. But I can't find any oak trees around here, so I was really excited when I realised that gumnuts and eucalyptus nuts make for an excellent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at TropicalSoup
We're lucky enough to have D's mum Catherine over from NZ to stay for a week or so at the moment. The other night, we were all discussing how silly it is that Ginger Ninja is terrified of Catherine -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at TropicalSoup
This boy. Oh man, he makes me laugh. Tonight he was doing something terribly seven-year-old-boy, and trying to give himself a wedgie. (What's with that?) This is the conversation that followed: Me: Coley, honey, don't do that dude. You'll wreck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at TropicalSoup
Turns out a rainbow felt ball garland makes for a really fun way to dress up a simple brown papaer package for a young friend. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at TropicalSoup
The blog has been quiet, but life has been busy. I'm just about to start a new little venture, which I'm getting excited about sharing in all its glory with you soon. And like with so many things new, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at TropicalSoup
...that feeling when you're desperate to make and be crafty, but you can't quite decide what to make so you end up not making anything? Yeah, that. {those balls are really speaking to me at the moment though!} Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at TropicalSoup
Again with the long absence here...You know the saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions? ...turns out I am quite the bricklayer! Whilst my beloved Nina only finally got unpacked on Friday after 9 long weeks,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at TropicalSoup
This is one of my favourite local landmarks, and we get to pass it every day on the way to the kids' school. In other news, I am 15 boxes down in the sewing-room-cum-studio-cum-textile-opiate-den, so just about ready to actually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at TropicalSoup
The drive home is so pretty now. The delicious moon last night on the way home from Immy's ballet really helped too! Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at TropicalSoup
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There's a new sport in the house...and BMX racing requires a full face helmet. A very excited little man wore his new helmet all the way home in the car...which made for some great amusement amongst the other people at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at TropicalSoup
I think memories of moving are a bit like childbirth-induced amnesia...after the fact you have a vague recollection of it being decidedly unrelaxing and not particularly enjoyable, but you fail to recall any of the gory details that might stop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at TropicalSoup
Cole and Imogen turned 7 on Thursday. My babies. Seven. Mind Blown. The day was celebrated with much love and joy...and two ridiculously, deliciously excited little people! Everyone should have a candle in their porridge on birthday mornings.... (she looks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at TropicalSoup
This gorgeous wee bundle of fluff is the newest addition to our wee family. We picked him up last week from a shelter after Cole had started making noises that he was ready to think about another kitten. Ginger Ninja... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at TropicalSoup
Oh life. We've had rather a lot of it lately. Almost all good - I hasten to add - but it does rather impact on one's ability to report about said life, when one is busy living it! (One does... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at TropicalSoup
...is there's never just one. These little cuties were made for some favourite people, to pop in with their Christmas love. Immy insisted on determining which bunny was for whom, and how each bunny's ears should be -so some are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at TropicalSoup
The new quilts for Cole and Immy's beds seem to be painfully slow in coming together, but I'm trying to focus on progress being progress...at least I'm heading the right direction, right? I only have another 2 or 3 rows... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at TropicalSoup
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Immy found what I thought was an interesting little stone on the footpath at school yesterday, and it was only when she picked it up that I realised it was a tiny eastern long-neck turtle! (And it is properly tiny... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at TropicalSoup
To thank Cole and Imogen's gorgeous kindergarten teachers at the end of the year, we gave them each a strawberry plant, so that they would have something sweet to nibble on over the holidays. I couldn't leave it at just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at TropicalSoup
Thank you so much for the lovely messages and kind words on condolence following Mahe's death. Cole and Imogen are doing very well, and we are working through this grief together. Cookie is getting plenty of cuddles and there has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at TropicalSoup
We lost a dear sweet member of the family this morning, when Mahe - Cole's beloved cat, and constant companion to his little-sister-cat Cookie was run over. We are all very sad - Mahe was just one of those truly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at TropicalSoup